Definition of propionibacterium in English:


Line breaks: pro¦pi¦oni|bac¦ter¦ium
Pronunciation: /ˌprəʊpɪˌɒnɪbakˈtɪərɪəm

noun (plural propionibacteria /-rɪə/)

  • A bacterium which metabolizes carbohydrate, some kinds being involved in the fermentation of dairy products and the aetiology of acne.
    • Genus Propionibacterium; Gram-positive rods
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    • The study also monitored skin colonization by antibiotic-resistant propionibacteria.


modern Latin, from propionic (see propionic acid) + bacterium.

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